South Sudan Expels American Journalist

AP freelancer Justin Lynch was put on a flight to Uganda.

JutinLynchPicJustin Lynch, a 25-year-old freelance American journalist based in the capital city of South Sudan, has had a very rough Tuesday. Working most recently for the Associated Press, he was shown the country door by government agents, who escorted him to the airport in Juba and put him on a flight to Uganda.

From the AP report:

Lynch, who had reported on human rights violations in the violence-plagued nation for the past six months, said he was arrested by members of South Sudan’s National Security Service who temporarily seized his mobile phones and allowed him to pack a bag.

The agents told him only that he was being deported for his journalistic work, Lynch said after arriving in Kampala, Uganda’s capital. Lynch, from Saratoga, N.Y., has been working for AP in South Sudan since July.

AP are standing by Lynch’s work and seeking further explanation from Sudanese authorities. The University of Maine alum is also an adjunct fellow with the New America Foundation.

A related statement from AP’s vice president of international news Ian Phillips can be read here.

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@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.